Bale facing another enforced rest as ankle complaint concerns Real Madrid

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Blancos head coach Santiago Solari has not entirely ruled the Welsh forward out of Saturday's match against Rayo Vallecano, but he is a doubt

Gareth Bale is a major doubt for Real Madrid's La Liga match against Rayo Vallecano due to an ankle injury.

Bale was introduced as a half-time substitute during Madrid's 3-0 Champions League loss to CSKA Moscow in midweek but suffered his latest fitness setback.

The Wales forward missed training on Friday and, although head coach Santiago Solari did not categorically rule him out, featuring versus Rayo looks like a long shot.

"We'll see. It's a matter of rest because it's his ankle," Solari told a news conference.

"We will see how it evolves. We will talk with the doctors and with him and we will think about it."

Bale has scored seven goals in 20 appearances across all competitions for Los Blancos this season.

He was on target in his last Liga outing against Huesca.

That effort brought an end to an 802-minute barren run in front of goal.

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Solari may be denied the opportunity to play the Welshman back into peak form as he faces up to another enforced rest.

Fitness struggles have been all too frequent for Bale throughout his time with Madrid, sparking talk of moves elsewhere at regular intervals.

Real have stuck with him, but they could do with seeing him steer clear of the treatment table for a while as they endeavour to salvage a 2018-19 campaign which got off to a rocky start.

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